June 17, 2022 from the FIYC
Great news! Our Commodore at Sea, Stewart Cutler, has completed Leg 7 of the 2022 Clipper Round the World Race. You can find his last dispatch from abroad below:
May 28, 2022: FIYC Update from Commodore Stewart Cutler
We’ve received an exciting update from our Commodore at Sea, Stewart Cutler: despite being struck by lightning in a heavy squall off Central America and losing many essential electronics, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam – navigating solely by compass and windex – has won the Seattle to Panama leg of the 2022 Clipper Round the World Race!
The results were incredibly close, with just over an hour separating the top two spots, despite it being a 3078nm slog from the Le Mans Start line to Finish Gate 3. Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam nabbed the top position, completing the race in 431 hours:18 minutes:53 seconds. Hot on its heels, Punta del Este logged an elapsed time of 432 hours:39 minutes:17 seconds. Third placed GoToBermuda, which had also been in the leading pack for the whole race finished the race in an impressive 433 hours: 5 minutes:27 seconds.
Congratulations to Commodore Cutler and the entire crew of the Ha Long Bay for persevering! We are sure it will make for a very exciting chapter in his memoir. You will find his detailed, entertaining, and illuminating report from the Race in the BLUE button below:
May 19, 2022: Update from Stewart Cutler aboard the Ha Long Bay off Mexico c/o FIYC
We’ve received an update from our Commodore at Sea, Stewart Cutler.
As you will recall, he is sailing on the Ha Long Bay and competing in the Clipper Round the World Race. As this is written, the Ha Long Bay is in 2nd and sailing off the coast of Mexico. Here is his most recent update—it sounds pretty intense!
May 8, 2022: From the Commodore’s Spring 2022 FIYC Letter to Members
“On a personal note, if everything goes according to plan, I will be handing over the helm of the FIYC to Tom duPont for May and half of June. I will be participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Leg 7 (crew), from Seattle to Bermuda.
The race began in London in September 2019 and they completed 5 legs before COVID halted the race in the Philippines. (Leg 6 called for a stop in China in January 2020 which was of course cancelled due to Covid outbreak.) The race has restarted and they have crossed the Pacific from the Philippines and are just arriving to Seattle now.
Our race begins May 1, passes through the Panama Canal and finishes at Bermuda around June 14. I will be aboard the vessel Ha Long Bay, a 70-foot vessel with crew of 20, competing against ten other yachts in the race. You can monitor our progress by going to the Clipper website and clicking on “Race Viewer”. Ha Long Bay is the little green boat.
I hope you will follow our race closely!”
With best wishes to all,